Car accidents happen every day in Connecticut for all different reasons. In some cases, crashes are caused by factors that are out of the driver’s control, like inclement weather or excessive sun glare. However, the majority of car accidents are caused by factors that were in the driver’s control and totally avoidable.
Driving over the speed limit always increases the risk of getting into motor vehicle accidents. Excessive speed also increases the severity of car accident injuries and the chances of an accident being fatal. When a driver goes faster, they have less time to react if they need to apply the brake or avoid something on the road.
Distracted driving is the leading cause of car accidents. Not only is distracted driving dangerous in itself, it also increases the likelihood that drivers will engage in other dangerous behaviors like speeding. When a driver’s attention is not focused solely on the road, the driver risks making a critical mistake at high speed. Some of the things that commonly distract drivers include:
- Using smartphones
- Looking in the mirror
- Talking to passengers
When a driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, their cognitive functioning is dramatically impaired. Even while driving at the speed limit, a drunk driver has a much slower reaction time. Intoxicated drivers also become more uninhibited, which can cause them to make reckless decisions behind the wheel.
Reckless drivers can be held accountable
If you were injured because another driver decided to engage in reckless behavior, you may want to file a personal injury lawsuit against them. Car accidents are one of the common reasons for personal injury claims in the U.S. Victims of car accidents often pursue financial compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages and property damage.